House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims "Last night, we made just a giant step for democracy" and she ties it into removing the role of big dark special interest money.

Pelosi's chat is tied directly to H.R. 1, which opens with "To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes."

WATCH Nancy Pelosi give the talk:



READ the partial transcript:

We are so pleased with the actions taken by the House of Representatives last night. Last night, we made just a giant step for democracy. Some of you heard us talk about it on the steps of the Capitol led by John Sarbanes and Zoe Lofgren, who are the masters of putting H.R. 1 together and also other members speaking, including Terri Sewell, who is the author of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Act. We waved flags in honor of our democracy [inaudible 00:00:44] this legislation is there to protect the right to vote, to remove obstacles of participation. H.R. 1, for the people, for the people, the first 300 pages were written by John Lewis, to remove voter suppression tactics from our political system. Some of the rest of it was written to protect the integrity of our electoral system, the physical infrastructure of our elections.

Nancy Pelosi: (01:22)
Important in the legislation is to stop foreign interference in our election, to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money, again, to have a redistricting done by commission and not by a partisan redistricting, to have voters choose their elected officials rather than elected officials choose their voters, to honor small donors by having matching funds in that regard, and again, removing the role of big, dark, special interest money in our electoral process and our governmental process. What’s exciting about it is that it restores confidence that people have that their vote and their voice is as important as anyone’s, that yes, we can address the climate crisis if big, dark, special interest money is not suffocating the airwaves with misinformation about how we protect the planet, that we, yes, can have a background checks passed in the whole Congress of the United States to protect our children. If big, dark, special interests, gun lobbying money is not suffocating the airways. And yes, we can have lower cost of prescription drugs. The list goes on and on. We can build back better for the people in every zip code as we said in our caucus yesterday, build back better for the people, advancing justice, opportunity, and prosperity in every zip code.